Mundaring Primary School student Siobhan Oman took on her toughest opponent last weekend, submitting UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt outside Perth Arena.
The 10-year-old Mixed Martial Arts fan, who trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai at Kalamunda Kickboxing and Martial Arts, managed to lock a rear-naked choke onto the “Super Samoan” at a photo shoot to promote UFC 221.
Siobhan said she hoped to become an MMA fighter in the future
“I’m a white belt in Jiu Jitsu,” she said.
“I’m planning on doing Mixed Martial Arts in the future, I’d like to get more training in (in BJJ and Muay Thai) before I do it, but hopefully I’ll start soon.”
She originally started training in order to learn self defence, and she said that the environment at Kalamunda Kickboxing and Martial Arts was excellent for young people looking to learn new skills.
“I started it for school, not because I was getting bullied but so I would never get bullied,” she said.
“Also I just like the atmosphere when you’re training, it’s a nice calm atmosphere.
“It’s definitely improved my confidence.
“The training is really inclusive and it’s grown-up, we know we’re not there to fight, we’re there to learn.
“It was kind of intimidating walking in there for the first time but I’m really enjoying it now.”
She described Mark Hunt as an amazing fighter.
“He’s a really nice guy and he complemented the rear-naked choke I put on him.
“That’s worth a tip on my white belt, I think, I might have to speak to my coach.”